35 benefits of exercising while pregnant

Like thousands, maybe millions of mothers-to-be, Jessica Walter was unsure about keeping up her exercise regime – or stopping it entirely. After much research and investigation, she went on to create a plan which allowed her to not only keep fit – but also protected her baby in the process.

In fact, Jessica now firmly believes that exercising while pregnant can have many benefits. In addition, the medical and fitness industries in recent years have unanimously come out in support of remaining of being physically active during pregnancy.

As a freelance health and nutrition writer as well as a mother, Jessica has teamed up with a small maternity resource site to develop a guide covering the 35 benefits of exercising while pregnant.

Without a doubt, exercise provides enormous benefits whether you are expecting or not. But, in pregnant women, it is even encouraged because it not only helps the mother, but also the unborn baby. It should be noted though that expectant mothers who have pre-existing medical conditions are not advised to participate in exercises. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines) recommends that healthy women should engage in moderate aerobic exercises during and after pregnancy for 2.5 hours spread over the course of a week. Doing so will help improve cardiovascular functioning, reduce stress and lower the risks of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Those who exercise can expect an enhanced mood and improved overall wellbeing throughout pregnancy. Your unborn fetus will also feel the effects of increased oxygen delivery due to exercise reducing the chances of congenital heart diseases and learning disabilities.

The positive effects of exercising during pregnancy are discussed in detail in this article.